Nashoni Boyd caps off final season as a Bulldog
SPOKANE – It didn’t go the way it was supposed to go for Colville tribal member Nashoni Boyd and the Bellevue College softball team: The Lady Bulldogs entered the NWAC Championships as the top seed after posting a 40-5 record during the regular season, the best overall record in the entire league.
Head coach for Bellevue, Leah Francis could tell the rest of the league begin to catch wind of the success the Lady Bulldogs were having, especially towards the end of the season.
“You got the bull’s eye on your back,” says Francis. “No one has anything to lose playing against us. So we’re going to get everyone’s best shot.”
After beating Skagit Valley, 7-3, in their first round game, thanks to a complete game by Rhaney Harris, Bellevue would have a rougher outcome in their next contest.
Walla Walla erupted for eight runs in the first inning and Bellevue was never able to recover, as they would lose 11-6, knocking the Lady Bulldogs to the consolation bracket and making their road to the championship more difficult.
Now in a must win situation, Bellevue trailed Mt Hood 12-3 and then Tatum Dow stepped up in the bottom of the sixth inning and hit a grand slam as the Lady Bulldogs would score eight runs in the inning to cut the lead to 12-11.
After 3 hours and 23 minutes, Bellevue would go on to outlast Mt Hood for a 14-13 win in 10 innings to keep their championship hopes alive.
The Bulldogs would have to pick right back up in their fourth game as they jumped out in the lead against Clackamas, holding a 2-0 lead until the fourth inning.
Clackamas piled on eight runs in the top of the fourth and would eventually go on to win 10-4, knocking Bellevue out of the NWAC Tournament and ending their season on Saturday (May 18) afternoon at the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex in Spokane.
For Boyd, her time at Bellevue come to end. This past season, she spent the year being the teams utility hitter or as some might come to know it as the designated hitter.
“It’s definitely different,” says Boyd
Slightly different from last, Boyd is still enjoying the ride.
“I like being in the dugout, being loud for my team,” she says.
“She’s done a really good job kind of embracing that new role,” said Francis. “That’s why we want to make sure we infuse her into the lineup.”
Boyd finished this past season with a .364 batting average, hitting seven home runs and driving in 49 RBI’s in 48 games. Boyd scored 38 runs and hit 12 doubles on the year.
“She’s one of our best hitters,” Francis said. “She’s done a great job.”
Harris of Omak has also concluded her sophomore year at Bellevue. This past year, she went 21-1 with 140 strikeouts and a 3.55 ERA . She started 22 games and appeared in 30, and logging 153.2 innings pitched this past season. Harris also hit two home runs on the year and drove in five RBIs while batting a .364.
“For the year she’s been awesome for us, she’s got a really good presses, she’s an emotional leader out there and it shows in her stats and her awards she gotten this year,” said Francis. “I’m really happy for what she’s done for us this year.”
North Idaho for the second straight year would go on to win the NWAC Championship as they beat Edmonds 7-1.
Final game as a Knight
SPOKANE - The past two years have gone by quickly for Trisha Priest (Colville tribal descendant) for Wenatchee Valley.
In her final year as a Knight, she helped Wenatchee Valley (22-16) reach the NWAC Softball Championships.
Priest and the Knights lost their first game to Douglas 8-7 and would lose to Mt Hood 6-0